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Shared Hosting Packages Clarified
If you have made a decision to launch your very own personal web site, but are not quite certain about what a web site is and are not familiar with the phrase "shared hosting", this article is devoted to clarifying these notions in simple words.
What exactly is a website?
A website is a combination of webpages brought together in a systematic fashion. It has a unique website address, also referred to as a URL (Uniform Resource Locator). A website may have just one single web page and sometimes may even have as many as one thousand webpages.
What is a web hosting server?
A hosting server enables you to upload your web site onto it. In some cases, there might be even thousands of sites on a single web hosting server. The hosting server essentially is a computer with specific hardware, which is housed in a data center with special cooling systems, whose mission is to ensure the seamless functioning of the web hosting server and all the websites located on it.
To summarize, a hosting server will be indeed a launch pad when the time arrives for you to launch your website. It could be any sort of site - a corporate website consisting of a huge number of webpages, or a website, which contains just several pages and which you have developed simply for your friends and family members.
You've reached a decision about what your website will be, now what?
As soon as you have made a decision about what kind of site you would like to establish, the next step is to discover what type of web hosting service you must select for your Internet project. Essentially, there are two sorts of web hosting services - free web hosting services and paid web hosting services. The cost-free website hosting solution is commonly used by individuals that do not possess a business-related site.
Pluses and minuses of the free-of-charge website hosting solution
You will not receive plenty of options with a free-of-charge website hosting plan. Features such as bandwidth, memory and hosting server disk space are limited and insufficient for a complex ecommerce website or a business-related site, or even for a web site with plenty of graphics. Besides, there are a lot of banners placed on your website by the web hosting accounts provider. These ads take up a lot of space on your web site and are pretty embarrassing.
Shared web hosting
The paid shared web hosting services are more dependable and offer lots of sophisticated features in addition to the high-quality hosting server that will accommodate your web site and its data. However, it is important to know which features your site needs before choosing your web hosting plan. You should not hurry and end up buying something that your website does not require.
Pick your web hosting vendor
Signing up for a hosting account
Once you have determined what features are optimal for your website, the next step is to sign up for an account with the web hosting vendor of your preference. You will acquire all the needed tools for managing your web site files and databases. With us, for example, you will get a Control Panel, which has domain name, web site, database and mail account administration areas. You log into the Control Panel using your unique username and password, which gives you safe access to the portion of the server where your website will be hosted.
Uploading your website
You can either upload your website through an FTP client or, as is with most web hosting providers, through a web-based tool that is included within the hosting Control Panel. With us, the File Manager is quite intuitive and offers features comparable to those encountered in Windows Explorer, which makes file manipulation very easy. We offer additionally a web site builder and a PHP-driven script installation tool, which you can utilize to build your website if you have no programming abilities and are making your very first steps in web design. The web-based web site builder, whose name is SiteStudio, will also save you the time and effort of creating a web site on your personal computer and then uploading it using an FTP software application or the File Manager tool.